Skincare Review: The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2%

This is the product I was the most excited for from The Ordinary. As you know, I had rather bad hormonal acne on my chin for about 6 months. Although somehow it went away by itself and I don’t have huge cystic acne there like I used to, I still have very clogged pores there and a fair bit of texture. It bothers me for sure. So I was hoping Retinoid would wipe it clean and make my skin baby smooth again.

Sorry for the blurry pic! Also, HOW FANTASTIC IS MY NAIL COLOUR.

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FOTD: Aggressively pink

I’m really feeling the pink and reds recently.

I did this look one day, and was SO happy with it I did an even more amped up version on the next day. I almost NEVER wear the same look two days in a row, so you can tell I REALLY like it. I wore this on a Friday with no comments from my colleagues… they’re probably used to me doing crazy shit on Fridays by now.

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Left to right: Clio Gelpresso Gel liner in Bloody Devil, a lovely maroon/burgundy, my standard crease/transition shade, which is some Sleek shadow that I depotted (nearly invisible on my skin), the deepest berry shade (2nd from right, top row) of Newtrals vs Neutrals, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Silk Intense in #7 (my fave!!), #8 and #11.

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Foundation Review: Koh Gen Do Aqua 213

So, I’ve had this awhile now and I’ve worn it lots of times, enough to finally share my thoughts!

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Wow, now this is a flatlay I am quite proud of!!!

First off, this is definitely not something you expect to be able to get for cheap on Carousell, as it is a very niche brand. So I had to buy retail, which pains my soul. At $80 for 30ml, it is on par with other high end foundations. For reference, Armani’s Lasting Silk is $87. NARS Sheer Glow is $73, Shu Uemura Light Bulb is $75. So straddling the line between department store brands and outright luxury. Good thing that there’s a counter in Taka, so feel free to use all your Taka vouchers! 🙂

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February 2017 Summary

Things bought:

  1. Lime Crime Squash Velvetine. Limecrime was having an insane 75% off sale, and my curiosity and insane prices got the best of me, and I have nothing like Squash… you get the drift. I joined in a local buyer’s co-purchase which cost me $9.40.
  2. The Ordinary skincare. I was doing a co-share purchase, and after accounting for the small profit, my actual spending on my own products came out to: $15 for 7 items
  3. 3 Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Silk Intense eyeshadows, which are my weaknesses. They’re SO PRETTY. Because I bought these off someone who was destashing, 3 of them came up to (*drumroll*) $25. Which is like half price of 1, retail.
  4. Hot Rollers: I found a heated ceramic set for $20, which I thought was a total steal. I love waves and though my hair is a little short, we’ll see what I can do!
  5. Shoes: I found a nude pair of heels on Zalora that I loved. I’m still breaking them in, but they’re a good height (ie very high) and fairly comfortable thus far. $35

Other spending: $11 (treated a colleague to lunch) + $3.20 (lor mee for myself – yum!!) + $5.50 + $35 (brunch with girlfriends – thank goodness I don’t do this often…)

Total: $159.10

Okay, obviously I went way overboard this month, because I went out with my girlfriends to a relatively fancy place (which I almost never do.) I also bought a fair number of things. I will try to do better next month. At least I definitely wouldn’t need to buy any skincare for the next few months, so long as I stop buying makeup……

Empties:

(apparently I didn’t take a pic of my trash this month.)

  1. GNC Vitamin C cream: review here. My sister did help a little in using this up. I still like this as a basic, no frills moisturizer, but like I said, it’s not actually cheaper to buy this retail compared to the CosRX ones which I love. So I wouldn’t repurchase.
  2. OST C20 Vitamin C serum: review here. I’m trying out the Vitamin C Suspension from The Ordinary right now, so I wouldn’t repurchase, but it was a solid item that did its job and was cheap. May repurchase in the future if I can’t get Vitamin C at decent prices.

Total empties for the year: 7

Wishlist:

You know what I really, REALLY wish for? I REALLY want to be 50kg or less. I think a very toned me with little excess padding would be at 48kg. I’m currently at 51kg, down from 53kg, and I know if I stop eating all the bloody chocolates and biscuits and nonsense in the office I’ll be healthier and also leaner, but sometimes when I’m stressed I just want to stuff Kitkats into my face, you know??? I have to work on my self-control. I’ve been melting away some excess padding slowly by cutting down on portions and exercise. Also doesn’t help that I’ve done my biological duty and given birth…

You know what else I seriously want? After seeing the hilarious reviews for Juliette Has a Gun and Atelier Cologne perfumes from Badoutfitgreatlipstick and Brutally Honest Beauty, I’m totally obsessed. I want some of that niche perfumery action!!! Atelier Cologne offers huge 200ml sizes at $195 USD and up, with a complimentary 30ml purse size and a leather case with engraving of your choice, which is a gorgeous touch I’m in love with. Thinking about 200ml of perfume makes me shudder though, you have to REALLY commit to it, for like, 5 years at the very least to finish it off. My V&R Flowerbomb, though having been around for 2 years or so and used very frequently and liberally, is only 1/3 gone. I’ll probably grab the sample set some time in the future, which seems a steal (33 for $50 SGD)

Fragrance: Niche Scents: Serge Lutens Santal Majuscule and Atelier Cologne Vanilla Insensee

I always said I’m flippant about fragrances, but once in awhile I will, in fact, obsess over them. I was enthralled by the review of niche fragrances on Badoutfitgreatlipstick and Brutallyhonestbeauty and I just HAD to find out about them.

In Singapore, obviously we have a very limited access to niche fragrances. Escentials is the leading retailer of niche fragrances, like Creed, Serge Lutens, Amouge, and Atelier Cologne. They’re at Tangs Orchard and Paragon, if you wanted to smell how all these posh expensive things smell like. I went there today for an expedition. Although I spritzed lots and lots of scents, the below are the only 2 I tried on my skin and kept sniffing throughout the day.

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FOTD: More Red Eyeshadow!

I am very fond of red eyeshadow, made easy by my Newtrals vs Neutrals palette. I did another relatively dramatic eye with it: It’s pretty easy, just don’t show any restraint on the red shades!

I don’t know why I’ve been having lots of problems with white balance lately, so I’ve had to do a lot of colour adjusting. If the photos look weird, that’s why. I tried to get them as true to normal as possible.

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Fragrance review: Coach Signature Rose D’Or EDP

This is a perfume originally bought by my mum, but I kind of repossessed it.

Coach’s perfumes have, surprisingly, gotten fairly good reviews on Fragrantica. I mean, Coach to me is a slightly dowdy brand after all. It’s reflected in the bottle, which I think is super ugly and uninteresting.

For this specific scent, according to Fragrantica, ‘Top notes of Coach Signature Rose D’Or offer a rich blend of floral notes and spices. Orange blossom and geranium appear first and are spiced with saffron and coriander. The heart incorporates romantic notes of centifolia rose notes surrounded with jasmine and peony, sweetened skillfully with raspberry zest. A rich and seductive bouquet is resting on precious woody notes of oud and is warmed with ambergris and vanilla. Depth and darker shades are provided by patchouli balanced skillfully with castoreum and leather leaving the signature of Coach brand.’

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I have no artistic talents for flatlays. But I do love my necklace of jadeite pearls.

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